Hip Dysplasia Braces

For babies under six months of age, treatment generally consists of wearing a hip brace or pavlik harness to keep the hips in a good position to allow for optimal development of the hip joint. Some common braces are outlined below.

Hip Abduction Braces:

  • Includes Denis Browne Bar, Rhino Brace
  • Legs are in the “frog-leg” positon
  • The Rhino Brace is typically used in babies over 6 months of age or following surgery and/or spica cast
  • Having the legs apart (abducted) allows the muscles and ligaments to strengthen whilst the hip develops

Source: Royal Childrens Hospital

VPON Factsheet

Royal Childrens Hospital

Hip Babes Tips

Jit Balakumar- Paediatric & Adult Orthopaedic Surgeon

Orthokids Denis Browne Bar Information Sheet

Orthokids Rhino Brace Information Sheet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Otto Bock Brace (Tubinger Hip Flexion Orthosis)

This is a brace commonly used in Germany. The infant’s hips are flexed at a degree of more than 90 degrees. The concept for this brace was based on the baby assuming a similar position as to when they were in their mother’s womb (sitting/squatting position).

Otto Bock

Von Rosen Splint

A Swedish brace developed for newborns with unstable hips. It keeps the hip flexed at greater than 90 degrees, and abducted 60-70 degrees. Treatment in this brace can generally range from 6-12 weeks dependent on how well the hips are developing.

International Hip Dysplasia Institute- Von Rosen Splint

Ilfeld Hip Abduction Splint
A type of abduction brace that is sometimes used following failed Pavlik Harness treatment.
An interesting article about Ilfeld Hip Abduction Splint below

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